Istanbul, November 18, 2011 — GE and Turkish energy company MetCap Energy Investments announced their investment in a specially modified natural gas-fired power plant.
Featuring GE technology, the 878-MW Eurostar project will help to power Istanbul, supporting Turkey’s efforts to modernize its aging energy infrastructure and meet its growing electricity requirements.
During the event, attended by Turkish energy ministry officials in Istanbul, GE and MetCap also announced approval from the Turkish government to nearly double the output of this Integrated Renewables Combined-Cycle plant.
The initial phase of the Dervish IRCC plant in Karaman, Turkey, was announced in June and is based on GE’s breakthrough FlexEfficiency 50 combined cycle technology. The license extension allows energy output to be increased from 570 MW to 1,080 MW. The Dervish license extension also paves the way for a second plant using GE’s FlexEfficiency technology and eSolar’s concentrated solar power technologies.
When completed, the Eurostar power plant, consisting of two Frame 9FB Gas Turbines, one steam turbine and one heat recovery steam generator, will produce enough power to equal the energy use of 2.3 million Istanbul households.
In addition to more than 58 percent thermal efficiency, the Eurostar project will feature zero-liquid discharge, lower emissions and a rapid-response, 35-minute start capability. The plant will be located in Kirklareli, near Istanbul.
The engineering, procurement and construction will be provided by the GE-Gama consortium. The power plant is scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2014. With this project, MetCap and GE Energy technologies will help meet Istanbul’s increasing demand for power.